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The Wheelchair World Team Cup

The Wheelchair World Team Cup

GREAT Britain have the opportunity to regain the men’s crown in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Sardinia from May 1-7.

We are pleased to see the continued evolution of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup

GREAT Britain have the opportunity to regain the men’s crown in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Sardinia from May 1-7.

GB, in the absence of Olympic, Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Gordon Reid, were beaten in last yearŠ—Ès semi-finals by hosts Japan.

The main event will be hosted across two venues, the Baia di Conte and Alghero Tennis Clubs, as Italy host it for a third time.

Teams will take part in the menŠ—Ès World Group (16 nations), womenŠ—Ès World Group (12 nations), quad event (eight teams) and junior event (8 teams).

The dates and venues of the qualifiers for ITFŠ—Ès flagship wheelchair event – the Davis Cup of wheelchair tennis Š—– have also been announced.

They are:

16-19 February: Africa Qualification Š—– Nairobi Club, Nairobi, Kenya

26 February – 1 March: Asian Qualification Š—– Sri Lanka Tennis Association, Colombo, Sri Lanka

8-11 March: Americas Qualification Š—– Quito Tennis and Golf Club, Quito, Ecuador

21-25 March: European Qualification Š—– Vilamoura Tennis, Vilamoura, Portugal

More than 80 teams from around 40 countries will take part. Four regionals will decide the four men and womenŠ—Ès teams to join the direct entries. Two wild cards will be awarded in the menŠ—Ès competition.

BNP Paribas, title sponsors since 2012, have extended their contract to 20121.

ITF President David Haggerty said: Š—“We are pleased to see the continued evolution of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, which is the most prestigious team competition on the ITFŠ—Ès wheelchair tennis calendar.

The competition enters a new era in 2017 with just one menŠ—Ès World Group, which will allow more venues and nations to be in a position to host the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in the future.

Š—“The ITF is delighted that the main event will be staged for the third time in Italy after two successful events in 2002 and 2008.Š—

The BNP Paribas World Team Cup celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2015. It involved six teams in California in 1985. The womenŠ—Ès event started a year later before quad and junior events were introduced in 1998 and 2000.

The ITF brought in qualifiers five years ago.






About The Author

Mike Donovan

Mike Donovan is a journalist and author who has covered tennis for more than 20 years. He was tennis correspondent on Today, the first all-electronic, all-colour newspaper, and contributed to the official Wimbledon website. He has scribed for most national dailies and magazines on the sport of the fuzzy green ball, as the late Bud Collins used to describe tennis. Mike has twice won British Sports Writer of the Year awards. He is the author of a variety of football books and has one coming out on Pitch Publishing in September called ‘Glory Glory Lane’, about the 118-year history of Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

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